GLAAD's new study of transgender images on television in the past ten years revealed that nearly half of all catalogued episodes contained negative messages and stereotypes. Additionally, transgender characters were cast as victims or villains more often than not, while anti-trans language found to be present in at least half of all episodes.
Guest blogger Alex Patchin McNeill is a graduate of Harvard Divinity School and has worked with Believe Out Loud and More Light Presbyterians. He is currently the Director of Development at the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice. He is the first openly transgender ministry inquirer in his conservative Presbyterian region in western North Carolina.
Tuesday, November 20th is Transgender Day of Remembrance, an international observance to remember our trans friends and family members who we have lost to anti-transgender violence. Find out how you can join GLAAD and participate in an observance in your city.
The fourth annual Los Angeles Transgender Film Festival, held November 2 to 4, featured an impressive collection of shorts and feature-length films aimed at expanding the conventional, tragic narrative often seen in stories about trans identities.
Nov. 12 through Nov. 19 is Transgender Awareness Week, and Nov. 20 is Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR) -- a day to commemorate the memories of lives lost due to anti-transgender violence. In order to help others understand more about what it means to be transgender, and how it doesn't make people any different from those who are born in the gender they feel, GLAAD is presenting stories from transgender individuals through the I AM: Trans People Speak campaign.